Searching the shoreline for carp.... I spooked one smaller one, but the berries just aren't happening yet. That's fine, there's plenty else this lake has to offer.
How about big chunky smallmouth? That's what the first fish of the day was, and in the end I was 1 for 3 with these guys. The second one, though a bit smaller, put up one hell of a fight. He almost jumped in the kayak on two occasions. I really wish you all could have seen this fish as well as I did, he was a colorful chunky 18 incher with gorgeous striping. But I ain't complaining, after all how can you after a fish like this?
|Brand new smallmouth pattern. Details in future posts.|
A good portion of the day was spent fishing a rock bar and catching plenty of little smallmouth, perch, and red breast sunfish. I never actually knew they lived in this lake. Nor crappie, which I would catch one of later on under a dock. Dalton and Adam eventually showed up in Ada's boat, and after screwing around for a while they stopped just long enough for Adam to catch a 19 inch walleye. And I still haven't managed to get one on the fly yet.
One last cool thing, how the heck did this smallmouth think it could swallow a perch of the same dimensions as itself?